The intrinsic life

She sought solace in nature as she marched towards an ancient pond under the night sky. She glanced towards the moon hoping to voice her sob story but found it occupied in reincarnating itself under the calm waters of the pond. She then, turned towards the pond in quench of expressing herself but it was busy alluring the scarred moon. Then, she glimpsed at the sky once more and got glued to the twinkling stars. The stars were hired by the mourners of the deceased and were learning their new names. Names of aunts, uncles, friends, parents and children who’d passed from this unforgiving earth to a place no one knows but few (specially, priests and elderly) will claim they know. Lonely, more than before she felt as none had time for her. “I’m the only person I can depend upon”, she muttered. She drew her feet closer to the hips as she settled on hoarse gravels and got her mind worried with her career, her choices and her life decisions. “Pursuing your passion is never going to be easy but will be worth it”, she’d mugged this one liner for some petty exam to secure good grades a few months back but failed to apply in life when it mattered. Obedience was what her parents expected from her and excellence in academics was what her teachers had wished for her. After all, she’d always been a bright student with keen indulgence in extra curricular activities and sports, but who knew before that volleyball was what her heart had always desired. Dedication towards the sport would mean disobeying her parents who saw an IAS officer in her. “She might be a bit distracted due to hormonal imbalances”, her teachers had cited on learning about this novel vocation. Wincing in pain with her head buried between the knees she wondered, could she disappoint the womb once she homed because of some stupid sport? Nature was still engaged in all those earlier mentioned ordeals and she was scared of the sufferings she’ll have to endure on the path and the people she would be upsetting.
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself and no heart has ever suffered in pursuit of its passion. The ones who genuinely love you will always escort you in your journey even if they are annoyed in the beginning”, chewed the paper which was carved into an airplane that fell nearby under the dim streetlights.
Gleefully, she outstretched her legs on the sands and placed her head on the hard rock and slept soundly. The arena near the pond was considered quite unsafe during the dark hours like rest of the country but in her head she thought, “It is time now for the wolves to know that a lioness sleeps among them”

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The immaculate desire

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There were days I couldn’t fall asleep,
Prophesized post marital nights are after all so deep!
Frail fingers probed in the dark,
Touch of that special someone who would rekindle the spark.
A month, a fortnight, a week,
Time took its own time to fade in the bleak.
And then the wedding night did appear,
We were both so far and yet so near.

Now there are days again followed by sleepless nights,
Abyss has been carved out to substitute the dreamt pillow fights.
That touch which should’ve come as an immaculate desire,
Ran itching on my skin as a house on fire.
Ah! The kiss, the hug and those magical moments,
Laugh on me as a hyena whenever he torments.
The role that now I believe suits me the best,
Is of an empty pocket on a suit’s vest.
-D. Sharma

5 Things to see in the pink city – Jaipur

It is breath taking, swashbuckling, nerve wracking, spine tingling and what not?  The pink walled desert capital has got it all! It won’t be too many words, if I say that the pink city of India richly illustrates the Indian heritage of a bygone era.

The Rajputs, the mahals, the vibe and the tranquillity beats the heat of the city hands down.

Check:

  1. Amber Fort and Palace

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Set on the banks of Maota lake, the fort was an abode to the Rajput royalty, stationing myriad halls, gardens and temples. It covers four square kilometres and is eleven kilometres away from the city centre. Sans the staircase, the elevated entrance of the fort is the reason behind lurching elephants, incessant jeep rides and pedestrian walks through the gateway.

Anokhi Museum and the evening sound and light show, comprise the inevitable to-do list. “Amber by Night” offers the delightful experience of plunging into the historic era momentarily, under the guiding lights of the city in the evening. Sheesh mahal, Mansingh mahal, Diwan –i-aam all seem to be picturesque after the dusk. A must visit for people interested in the artistic block printing.

  1. Hawa mahal

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The palace of the winds, is humongous and perhaps, the most popular. The five storey palace, situated on the main street of the exuberant Jaipur’s old city offers a vivid view from the top floor.

The story runs that in the prehistoric times, the women of the palace could glance at several ongoing proceedings on the street through these innumerable windows which even provided a breezy ambience during the festivities.

Much to the disappointment of contemporary travellers, most of the windows are now shut but the architecture is still mesmerising.

  1. Jantar Mantar

“Jantar mantar” is the Hindi parallel to calculation instrument. Constructed by King Jai Singh II, the 90 feet tall observatory is home to the famous Samrat Yantra sundial.

It is a rich collection of 19 astronomical instruments that deploys all three ancient coordinate systems of the 5 heavenly bodies. Built in 1734, it is the largest stone observatory of the world. With a meagre price of 20 INR, it is a must visit for all the astronomy buffs.

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  1. Nahargarh Fort

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On the rough terrains of the gigantic Aravallis, the Tiger fort (Nahargarh Fort) offers a panoramic view of the pink city. It was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh II.

The fort has now turned into a picnic spot, with a café in the vicinity. It calls for especially all the night people in pajamas, basking in the glory of sinking sun and galloping beer till 10 pm. Set magnificently under the night lights, the place is bewitching yet placid. With tourists from USA travelling all the way to Nahargarh in large flocks, say it all that why Indians shouldn’t be far behind.

It has got classy hotels and resorts mobbed nearby, for luxurious accommodation and comfortable travelling. With films like Rang De Basanti being shot over here, the fort is growing in name and fame, quite aptly.

  1. Monkey Temple

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The Galta temple, renamed as the monkey temple due to the omnipresent monkeys in the campus is adjusted between two granite cliffs in the pink city. It is built within the Aravali hills. From the three sacred water pools, one is completely taken over by the ‘monkey’ empire that swims and bathes in it.

The poor maintenance of the temple, and the filthy premises can turn the mood sour of the travellers but around the sunset gangs of monkeys, perched on temple walls are a sight to watch at the divine place.

Beware of monkey thieves in the arena!

If the seemingly endless tiring walks took you over, then Chokhi Dhani isn’t a bad bet to savour the delicacies and relax.

Kerala: God’s own country

KERALA: GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Brood over crystal clear water. Add brackish lagoons and parallel lakes on the Malabar coastal lines. Is this all that you can ponder about when your soul is quenching over the resplendently alluring Kerala? If yes, then shed that clichéd notion. Now, put exhilarating trekking trails and waterfalls to feed your hungry soul. Sprinkle this vividness with tea planted hills and wildlife sanctuaries. Finally, wholesome Kerala is ready to be gorged down.

From around half a ton scenic hill stations embellishing the state, picking only 5 is no mean task! Truth be told, I really tried giving my best shot to jot down the below mentioned list.

Check:

  1. Thekkady

The spice-scented plantations adorning this hill station in the Periyar forest is very assuredly going to leave you aghast. With plethora of vagaries in the name of treks and mountain walks, the wildlife reserve has much to offer. Lying in the Idukki district, from boat cruises on the Periyar lake to plantation tours and elephant rides, Thekkady is spoilt for choices. Mangala Devi Temple, Murikkady, Chellarkovil and Kumily are some of the places that shall comprise the ‘must visit’ section of the bucket list of the eleutheromaniacs.

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  1. Munnar

The most sought after hill station in South India held the unique distinction of being the summer resort of the erstwhile British imperialists. Situated at an altitude of 6000 feet above sea level, the town is laden with unceasing tea plantations. In the rain shadow village lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats, hails Marayoor, also known as the hub of sandalwood trees. Neelakurinji, an exotic flower that blooms once in 12 years increases the mesmerisation thousandfold. Nilgiri Tahr(caprine ungulate) in the Nilgiri hills and Kundala lake are the bountiful beauts. With placidity reigning the ambience, this place is undoubtedly one of the finest destination to head on to.

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  1. Ponmudi

Malyali word ‘Ponmudi’ runs parallel to “golden peak” in English. Located in the capital city of Kerala, the hill station rests at an elevation of 945m above sea level. Layered with the enchanting arrays of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies and tiny rivulets, the place is emerging as a sought after travel destination at an impressive pace. Agasthyakoodam is an abode of rare medicinal herbs, and is the highest peak of the district. Peppara wildlife sanctuary, deer park and golden valley are some of the pristine locations that will leave you convoluted with the problem of plenty.agasthyakoodam20131114155513_245_1

  1. Lakkidi

Located at the crest of serpentine Thamaraserry ghat pass, Lakkidi is an idyllic destination to gaze at monkeys frolicking through the Vythiri roadside with a heavy chain anchored to the ground and tied around the stout branches of the tree. This lush green vantage point offers mind boggling views of cliffs and valleys. Lakkidi boasts of tranquillity at a height of 700m above sea level. Expensive resorts in the vicinity have led the way in industrialising tourism as flocks of foreigners loll in serenity.

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  1. Peermedu

The small hill station was named after Sufi Saint Peer Mohammad. Wide vistas of tea and cardamom interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks and meadows are what makes Peermedu, a delightful experience. Peeru hills, Grampi, Pattumala and tribal settlements in the area make the view panoramic. With a proportionate amalgamation of religious harmony and landscapes, kuttikkanam is an undeniable spot for the adrenaline junkies.

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Lost your breath? Want something for your parched throat? Perhaps, just gulp down the endemic coconut water and savour the indigenous meals on a banana leaf!

The perpetual chains of hills in kerala are a guaranteed monotony breaker where the air is redolent and a whiff of freshness propagated everywhere. Paradise is certainly the permanent suffix of this state. I am not sure which gods live in this paradise. Smallest, largest, biggest, rarest or oldest but these superlatives surely reside here.

An open letter to lovers and their beloveds

Dear lovers (who brawl),
Why don’t you cognize that you and your other soul are from altruistically variant parental background and hence, are programmed quite unlikely from one another? This doesn’t bear the obvious interpretation of one’s parents ticking the right boxes and the other set of parents ending up in guilty paints due to incorrect upbringing of their son/daughter.
Sans judgment, you both are apart from each other and none of you need to rip a part from each other in conquest of being wholesome together. On one plain day, you struck the chords of each other’s hearts because you did something pleasingly stupid like maybe, kiss them or hug them and they couldn’t spit out gravel in response.
So they too reverted with something stupid no differently from other people and impressively, you burnt your hearts for each other from then on. Such was the fire that oceans would run dry if they’d try to blow it off, such was the depth that the thirsty crow would’ve quenched it till perpetuity and such was the exuberance that concealing it from the society would’ve been parallel to calling it quits from the human civilization. If then the differences between you both were so resoundingly fitting irrespective of their majesty, then why not now? Why now, is she no sheer ecstacy when she gorges on savoring delicacies sumptuously (and ill mannered)? Where did the captivation of his mesmerizing hair fade into nothingness (unkempt hair), all of a sudden? Why are his lethargic ways still not iridescent?
From exactly when did you enunciate alleging each other’s parents for those vagaries that once synchronized aptly?

Jump off that sinking ship which you promised to; if out of the blue things didn’t work in tandem. That time is now, and that person who committed to it is in you. You submerged that old self of you in your souls of souls and now only you can bury yourself alive with those clandestine and only you can shovel your way out with your ragged fingernails. Choice is deftly yours.

Our childhoods were lying, there is no thing as a fairytale. Love is loose teeth, love is a noose around your neck sometimes too. It is an array of bullets of “I made a mistake” and “I am sorry” whizzing past your ears at incredible speeds. Do not give up on him. Do not give up on her. You’re only few rounds in: the act of proposing, the act of being crushed by your crush and maybe that’s it.
There’s a lot left in your imperfect relationship because the act of coexistence is perhaps, the greatest play with inevitably elating dénouement in the world’s greatest movie theater.
Sincerely,
Well-wisher of all.